On the cookery book shelf

Made at Home – Preserves

Dick and James Strawbridge

Octopus

£12.99

This book is part of a four-part collection that also includes the titles, eggs and poultry, vegetables and curing and smoking and has been written by the well-known duo from the BBC series Not Easy Being Green, which highlighted the basics of how to grow, harvest, preserve, and cook what is in season. Attractively presented in cream hardback covers, the collection provides the essentials on everything from how to store and preserve peppers to running a turkey house. With recipes for pizza à la duck egg, smoked pigeon and mushroom pie, candied peel and ravioli with creamy spinach and ricotta sauce, this is overall a fine clever little stockpile of how-tos that will be hugely entertaining for anyone looking to kick-start the search for a hobby based around food.

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